Boris pays tribute to Bob Crow following his death at 52.

Bob Crow, 52, died in the early hours of this morning

Bob Crow, 52, died in the early hours of this morning

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Bob Crow, the general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT), died from a heart attack, according to reports.

It has been confirmed Mr Crow, who lived in Woodford Green, died at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, at around 7am this morning at the age of 52.

He is said to have suffered an aneurysm and a massive heart attack, while doctors spent an hour trying to save his life.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who often criticised the RMT over Tube strikes, has paid tribute to Mr Crow.

He said: “I'm shocked. Bob Crow was a fighter and a man of character. Whatever our political differences, and there were many, this is tragic news.

“Bob fought tirelessly for his beliefs and for his members.

“There can be absolutely no doubt that he played a big part in the success of the Tube, and he shared my goal to make transport in London an even greater success. It's a sad day.”

The RMT offices will be closed for the rest of the day and further announcements are expected.

The Guardian is awaiting further information from Whipps Cross Hospital. 

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11:51am Tue 11 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

Hypocrite.
Hypocrite. TTMAN
  • Score: -5

12:18pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

The media are sickening , a few weeks ago they were calling him every name under the sun and now it is like a tuning in to a State in mourning.

It is like the column in Private Eye 'Glenda Slag'.

I never personally agreed with the way he worked and the strikes but feel sorry to hear such news and for his fries and family.
The media are sickening , a few weeks ago they were calling him every name under the sun and now it is like a tuning in to a State in mourning. It is like the column in Private Eye 'Glenda Slag'. I never personally agreed with the way he worked and the strikes but feel sorry to hear such news and for his fries and family. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

3:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

answer= says...

Met Bob a couple of times when walking his dog ,a very nice man not how the media portray him at all.
All across the country today im sure you will here a lot of people say I wish he was the leader of our union.
Met Bob a couple of times when walking his dog ,a very nice man not how the media portray him at all. All across the country today im sure you will here a lot of people say I wish he was the leader of our union. answer=
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Tue 11 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The media are sickening , a few weeks ago they were calling him every name under the sun and now it is like a tuning in to a State in mourning.

It is like the column in Private Eye 'Glenda Slag'.

I never personally agreed with the way he worked and the strikes but feel sorry to hear such news and for his fries and family.
I wonder who will now have his fries.

I wouldn't recommend them.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The media are sickening , a few weeks ago they were calling him every name under the sun and now it is like a tuning in to a State in mourning. It is like the column in Private Eye 'Glenda Slag'. I never personally agreed with the way he worked and the strikes but feel sorry to hear such news and for his fries and family.[/p][/quote]I wonder who will now have his fries. I wouldn't recommend them. TTMAN
  • Score: -1

4:46pm Tue 11 Mar 14

T. Watts says...

TTMAN wrote:
Hypocrite.
The only hypocrites are people like you - who complained when people gloated over the death of Thatcher (and rightly so, the evil woman) and then you start gloating over Bob Crow's death.
[quote][p][bold]TTMAN[/bold] wrote: Hypocrite.[/p][/quote]The only hypocrites are people like you - who complained when people gloated over the death of Thatcher (and rightly so, the evil woman) and then you start gloating over Bob Crow's death. T. Watts
  • Score: -3

5:42pm Tue 11 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

Twatt sums him up.
Twatt sums him up. TTMAN
  • Score: 1

11:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The media are sickening , a few weeks ago they were calling him every name under the sun and now it is like a tuning in to a State in mourning.

It is like the column in Private Eye 'Glenda Slag'.

I never personally agreed with the way he worked and the strikes but feel sorry to hear such news and for his fries and family.
Friends I meant.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The media are sickening , a few weeks ago they were calling him every name under the sun and now it is like a tuning in to a State in mourning. It is like the column in Private Eye 'Glenda Slag'. I never personally agreed with the way he worked and the strikes but feel sorry to hear such news and for his fries and family.[/p][/quote]Friends I meant. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

12:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

HottRedMan says...

Shame he has died. End of the day RMT union fought well for its members while other unions simply don't give a crap when it comes to defending you or standing up for your rights.
They are all well and good to sign you up, take your money but when it comes to representing the members they could not be bothered, hence why now many people don't bother joining unions as they would be better off at times with getting a private lawyer.
The worst is that some unions tell you should accept punishments from companies and also help decide your fate even before you have gone into the office for a hearing.

I sure hope his legacy lives on within the RMT.
Shame he has died. End of the day RMT union fought well for its members while other unions simply don't give a crap when it comes to defending you or standing up for your rights. They are all well and good to sign you up, take your money but when it comes to representing the members they could not be bothered, hence why now many people don't bother joining unions as they would be better off at times with getting a private lawyer. The worst is that some unions tell you should accept punishments from companies and also help decide your fate even before you have gone into the office for a hearing. I sure hope his legacy lives on within the RMT. HottRedMan
  • Score: -1

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